Fosamax is a medication which belongs to a group of bisphosphonates. This type of medication influences the processes of calcium exchange influencing the bones, mainly to increase the bone mass and durability to prevent them from being maimed and broken. This pharmaceutical has become famous all over the world, because people with such a disease are very vulnerable and can suffer from even small stress.
What Does Fosamax Do?
People, who suffer from weak bone disease, have very fast bone resorption process which must be decelerated. Bone resorption is a process that destroys old bone cells, so that new ones could be created. Fosamax consists of a specific inhibitor called bisphosphonate, which blocks bone resorption process, while stimulating the creation of new bone cells, thus, strengthening the bones.
How to Take It
Fosamax is taken in accordance with very strict rules. To begin with, this medication should be taken either every day or every week, depending on your state and doctor’s prescription. If you have a weekly therapy, then you should take the medicine the same day. The tablet has to be taken in the morning, 30 minutes before breakfast with a glass of plain water. You should swallow the whole pill – crushing or chewing isn’t allowed. During the next 30 minutes after the intake, you shouldn’t lie down, eat and drink anything except plain water. You should also do regular tests to check your bone mineral density.
An average Fosamax dose varies from 10 mg to 70 mg. This medication can be found as tablets or oral liquid. The latter is only for every-week therapy. If you have everyday therapy, then an average dose is 5-10 mg a day per one use. Otherwise, an average weekly dose is 35-70 mg. The drug shouldn’t be taken with other medications, including vitamins, calcium, etc. It would be better if you used other pharmaceuticals later. For the best treatment, ask your doctor to help you with the regime. Usually Fosamax is being taken from 3 up to 5 years.
Factors that must make you doubt whether you can take Fosamax:
If you can’t stand or sit upright for at least 30 minutes, the time it takes for the medicine to take its effect, then you shouldn’t take Fosamax.
If you don’t have enough calcium in your blood, use of Fosamax is forbidden for you, too.
If you have had problems with esophagus, kidney or stomach;
If you suffer from any jaw bone diseases, you can’t take Fosamax.
You shouldn’t take this drug if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Fosamax is forbidden for children.
Possible Side Effects
The list of possible side effects is opened by bone loss in the jaw. It includes pain or numbness, loss of teeth and slow recovery after dental works. It also has a chance to influence breast milk, so you’d rather stop breastfeeding for some time. If you lie down after taking the drug or don’t drink enough water with the pill, the risk of side effects rises. If you continue to use the medicine after any symptoms had shown up, the risk increases greatly.